Elisabeth Pähtz

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Pähtz, Elisabeth 2018 Dortmund.JPG
Elisabeth Pähtz at the Dortmund Chess Days 2018
Association GermanyGermany Germany
Born January 8, 1985
title International Master of Women (1998)
Grand Master of Women (2001)
International Master (2004)
Current  Elo rating 2473 (August 2020)
Best Elo rating 2513 (September 2018)
Tab at the FIDE (English)

Elisabeth Pähtz (born January 8, 1985 in Erfurt ) is a German chess player . In 2002 she became youth world champion , in 2005 junior world champion .



She has been trained since childhood by her father Thomas Pähtz , who is himself a chess grandmaster . At the age of nine she won her first German championship in the U11 female age group. In 1994 at the European Youth Championships U10 women in Băile Herculane in Romania she was sixth. In the same year she won in Paris in the Children's European Championship in rapid chess third place in the group U12w. In 1995 she was in Verdun female and in the same year in European runner-up in age group U10 São Lourenço Vice World Champion U10 female . In 1999 she became the German Women's Champion in Chemnitz . In the same year she supported Hape Kerkeling via “button” in her ear with a sketch for the Sat1 program Vom Lacht die Welt laughs and was a member of the advisory team in the Internet game Kasparov versus the World . In 2002 she became youth world champion in the age group U18 female in Crete , in 2004 she was vice world champion in the age group U20 women. In the same year she finished 16th at the European Women's Championships in Dresden. In 2005 she was junior world champion in the U20 female group.

Abitur and subsequent period

Until 2004 she attended the sports high school in Dresden . As one of the greatest young German talents, she was the subject of great media interest. Among other things, it was reported that she threatened to fail at high school in mathematics . Her own explanation was that she was a very intuitive player and therefore didn't have to be a universal genius.

From January 2006 she belonged to the sports promotion group of the Bundeswehr . After the end of their period of service in April 2009, she took a journalism - Study on in Berlin. At the 2010 women's chess world championship, she failed in the second round with 1.5: 2.5 to Viktorija Čmilytė .

In 1998 Elisabeth Pähtz was awarded the title of International Women's Champion (WIM). In February 1999 she achieved a WGM norm at First Saturday in Budapest. In 2001 she became the Women's Grand Master (WGM), and since 2004 she has held the title of International Master (IM). She fulfilled the required IM standards at the ZMD Open 2000 in Dresden, at the 2002 Women's Chess Olympiad in Bled and at the 2004 Women's European Championship in Dresden.

More Achievements

In 2001, 2013 and 2016 she became the German women's lightning champion . In 2018 Elisabeth Pähtz became European champion in rapid chess and vice-European champion in blitz chess. In 2019 she finished third at the European Women's Championships.

Elo development

Elo development

Team chess

Chess Olympiad 2012 in Istanbul , from left to right: Marta Michna , Melanie Ohme , Tatiana Melamed and Elisabeth Pähtz.

National team

Elisabeth Pähtz was part of the German women's national team for the first time at the 1998 Chess Olympiad and has since taken part in all ten women's chess Olympiads , in all nine women's team championships from 1999 to 2015 and in the women's team championships in 2007.

At the European Women's Team Championship in 2001 she achieved the third-best individual result on the second board, as well as at the 2007 Women's World Team Championship on the first board.

On May 29, 2019, Pähtz announced her resignation from the national team.

Club chess

Elisabeth Pähtz played in the women's chess national league for the first time in the 1994/95 season at RVA Stade , making her the youngest player to ever play in this class. Her other clubs in the women's Bundesliga were the OTG Gera (1996 to 1998), the Dresdner SC and USV TU Dresden (1998 to 2004 and 2006 to 2009), the OSC Baden-Baden (in the 2004/05 season ), the SC Bad Königshofen (2009 to 2016 and in the 2017/18 season), the Hamburger SK (2016/17 season) and the SF Deizisau (2018/19 season). In the 2019/20 season, Pähtz will play as a guest player at OSG Baden-Baden. She won the Women's Bundesliga in the 1999/2000 , 2001/02 , 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2013/14 seasons . Elisabeth Pähtz played in the 1st Bundesliga from 2001 to 2003 at Erfurter SK , from 2006 to 2009 at SC Kreuzberg , from 2009 to 2011 at the Eppingen chess club and from 2011 to 2016 at SV 1930 Hockenheim . She has been playing for the USV TU Dresden since the 2016/17 season.

Pähtz is or was also active in various foreign leagues. In the British Four Nations Chess League , she played for Cheddleton from 2010 to 2015 and for Guildford's first and second team since 2018 ; with the first team she won the title in 2019 . She won the Luxembourg team championship in 2002 with Gambit Bonnevoie and in 2006 with De Sprénger Echternach . In the Austrian Bundesliga , Pähtz played for ASVÖ Pöchlarn / Mauerbach in the 2011/12 season and for SK Advisory Invest Baden in the 2013/14 season . Elisabeth Pähtz played in the Belgian interclubs from 2003 to 2005 at KSK 47 Eynatten , and she took part in the Chinese team championship in 2010 for Tianjin . In the French women's team championship she took part in 2004 with Clichy-Echecs-92 and in 2014, 2016 and 2017 with Mulhouse Philidor and won the competition in 2017 . At the European Club Cup in 2003 she took part in the open class with OAA Heraklion and in the women's competition from 2006 to 2009 with economist SGSEU Saratow and in 2014 with SC Bad Königshofen. In the Spanish team championship she played for CAC Beniajan Duochess in 2018 and for Gros Xake Taldea in 2019 .


Her uncle Wolfgang Pähtz programmed Video Chess-Master for the GDR small computer KC 85 in 1984 .

Since September 2015 she has been married to the Italian Iart Luca Shytaj , who has held the title of Grand Master since 2018.

Web links

Commons : Elisabeth Pähtz  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tables of the German individual youth championships 1994 on TeleSchach
  2. European champion up to the 7th round . JugendSchach Heft 6/94, pp. 4–9 (report, photos, tables and games).
  3. Thomas Pähtz: Children's European Championship in the Euro Disney Park . JugendSchach Heft 1/95, pp. 4–7 (report, photos and tables).
  4. Papa Rätsch finally on the podium! . JugendSchach issue 8/95, pp. 4–9 (report, photos, tables and games).
  5. Lisa in Brazil . JugendSchach issue 10/95, pp. 14–15 (report, photo of the first three with FIDE world champion Karpow and two games).
  6. 35th German women's championship 1999 in Chemnitz on TeleSchach (cross table of the 30 participants)
  7. Jörg Schulz: A great world championship on Crete . JugendSchach issue 10/2002, pp. 4–15 (report, tables, photos and games).
  8. Interview with Chessdom.com (accessed April 1, 2010)
  9. ^ First Saturday tournaments from February 6th to 19th, 1999 in Budapest on TeleSchess (Elisabeth Pähtz achieves WGM standard).
  10. WGM Elisabeth Pähtz at the German Chess Federation.
  11. IM application to FIDE (English)
  12. German Women's Blitz Individual Championship 2016 , www.schachbund.de
  13. Elisabeth Pähtz is European champion in rapid chess!
  14. Elisabeth Pähtz is Vice European Champion in blitz chess!
  15. Erfurt News
  16. Numbers according to FIDE Elo lists. Data sources: fide.com (period since 2001), olimpbase.org (period 1971 to 2001)
  17. Elisabeth Pähtz 'results at the women's chess Olympiads on olimpbase.org (English)
  18. Elisabeth Pähtz 'results at the European Women's Team Championships on olimpbase.org (English)
  19. Elisabeth Pähtz 'results at the women's team championships on olimpbase.org (English)
  20. ^ Declaration by the Erfurt chess grandmaster Elisabeth Pähtz on the resignation from the national team. Retrieved August 25, 2019 .
  21. Elisabeth Pähtz 'results at Chinese team championships on olimpbase.org (English)
  22. Elisabeth Pähtz 'results at European Club Cups on olimpbase.org (English)
  23. Elisabeth Pähtz 'results at the European Women's Club Cups on olimpbase.org (English)
  24. https://chessprogramming.wikispaces.com/Wolfgang+P%C3%A4htz
  25. Elisabeth Pähtz got married , Chessbase, September 9, 2015